Scrabo Tower

Memorial to Charles William Vane Stewart, the third Marquis of Londonderry

Designed by Charles Lanyon and WH Lynn, Scrabo Tower stands on the hill above the town of Newtownards, Co Down.

It was built in 1857 as a memorial to Charles William Vane Stewart, the third Marquis of Londonderry, for his kindness to the people during the potato famine. The tower houses two floors of displays. A climb of 122 steps takes the visitor to the open viewing level.

The basalt topped sandstone hill at Scrabo is one of north Down’s most prominent features. It now forms part of Scrabo Country Park, with woodland walks through Killynether Wood.

The view from the top of the hill and the summit of the tower is breathtaking, stretching across Strangford Lough, the Mountains of Mourne and even the Scottish coast.

© Darren Taylor, Aquiweb.com

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